“Am Worte dreierlei”: connotations in the context of word meaning
Generally, it is agreed that the meaning of the word has two aspects: the “primary” meaning, i.e. the most specific or direct meaning (called in logic and linguistics “denotation”), and the secondary meaning, i.e. meaning suggested by or associated with a word or thing (“connotation”). Connotations refer also to the cultural and / or emotional associations that become attached to words. However, among the scientists there is no agreement on what aspects of word meaning are included in the connotation. The objective of the paper is to answer the following question: To what extent may associations and emotions be considered as components of word meaning? This paper provides an overview of the analysis of the term “connotation” from the perspective of the twentieth-century’s linguistics. It also attempts to determine the notion of word meaning. Furthermore, it has been demonstrated how to solve the problem of the linguistic description of word meaning.